MADISON – Like Julius Caesar in ancient times, the Tupelo girls soccer team came, they saw and they conquered.
The fifth-ranked Lady Wave (13-1) had a successful weekend on a trip to the Jackson area with victories over 10th-ranked Clinton 4-2 Friday night, top-ranked and previously unbeaten Brandon 1-0 Saturday morning and unranked Germantown 2-0 Saturday afternoon.
“This was a big weekend for us,” said Tupelo coach Hannah Kimbrough following the Brandon win. “We wanted to see where we stand. (My players) proved exactly what I thought. I thought we had a lot of heart.”
The game with Brandon was scoreless for 78 minutes until Sidney Hughes beat Lady Bulldog goalie Mia Holmes to a loose ball in front of the Brandon goal to score with two minutes left.
“The goalie came out full speed so I had to tap it far post,” said Hughes, an eighth grader.
Brandon’s best scoring opportunity came in the first half when Tupelo freshman goalie Anna Goggans made a diving save on a shot by Olivia Taylor, one of her eight saves in the shutout.
“They’re super fast and physical and a great team,” Brandon coach Celeste Bramlett said of Tupelo. “We had opportunities early. We could have put it in the net to take an early lead, but we just didn’t take advantage of those opportunities.”
The Lady Bulldogs are 14-1-1.
The third-ranked Tupelo boys (13-1-2) also went 3-0, with 1-0 wins over Clinton and Brandon and a 5-1 victory over Germantown.